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Author Archives: Terry Townshend
Last summer, when I first met Colm Moore and his partner Zhao Qi at the first informal Beijing birders’ meet-up, I was struck by their warm, polite and above all modest manner. A truly lovely couple. Of course I already … Continue reading
On Thursday I visited the BAER’S POCHARD breeding site with visiting Dick Newell, Lyndon Kearsley (from the swift project) and good friends Andrew and Rachael Raine. It was one of the hottest days I have ever experienced in Beijing with … Continue reading
This weekend I was involved in a very cool project to track the ‘pekinensis‘ Common Swifts at the Summer Palace. It all began with a conversation with Dick Newell, over a beer, in London in December. And on Saturday we … Continue reading
A recent article on Birding Frontiers about ‘Eastern’ Nightingales by Oscar Campbell prompted me to examine the Nightingales (ssp golzii) I saw in northern Xinjiang Province, China. In the small town where we stayed, about 250km north of Urumqi – in … Continue reading
I have just returned from a week with Marie Louise Ng in China’s largest province – Xinjiang – in the far north west. Xinjiang is vast, covering an area greater than France, Spain and Portugal combined. And with just a handful … Continue reading
One of the threats to the BAER’S POCHARD (青头潜鸭) is hybridisation with the closely related, and range expanding, FERRUGINOUS DUCK (白眼潜鸭). At the Baer’s Pochard breeding site in Hebei Province, Ferruginous Duck is a common breeder; I counted more than … Continue reading
BAER’S POCHARD (Aythya baeri, 青头潜鸭) was once abundant in east Asia.. now it is listed as “Critically Endangered” due to an, as yet unexplained, calamitous population decline. The only known breeding site is not in the far northeast of China … Continue reading
The journey of the AMUR FALCON is one of the most remarkable in the avian world, migrating from the Amur region in NE China and SE Russia across China, India and, eventually, to East Africa. An incredible journey fuelled by … Continue reading
BRENT GOOSE (Branta bernicla, 黑雁) is a rare bird in China. So when one was found at Huairou Reservoir (about 60km from the centre of the capital) by Beijing birder Ms Hou Xiaoru on Thursday 24 April, it caused something of a ‘twitch’ … Continue reading